Parkhurst Lecture 2013 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry Week
Drew A. Dyson is an ordained Elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of The UMC and serves on the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry. In addition to serving local churches in New Jersey and teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Princeton and Memphis Theological Seminaries, Drew was Executive Director of the Shared Mission Focus on Young People of the General Board of Discipleship serving as the team leader and primary author of General Conference legislation creating the Division on Ministries with Young People of the General Board of Discipleship in 2004.
Drew has written several books on the practice of youth ministry including: Soul-Tending: Life Forming Practices for Older Youth & Young Adults, Faith Forming Junior High Youth Ministry, Scripture Talks: Creative Messages for Youth Ministry, 52 Devotions to Feed Your Fire: Soul Tending for Youth Workers.
The Beck lectureship, funded by Paul V. Beck to explore topics relating to science and religion, is an annual event on campus and brings in philosophers, theologians and/or scientists from across the nation. Information forthcoming.
Beck Lecture Spring 2011
Dr. Alan Padgett is the Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Smith-Willson Spring 2011 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry Week
Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.
Parkhurst Lecture Fall 2010
Dr. Henry H. (Hal) Knight, III teaches in the areas of Wesleyan theology, church history, and evangelical, Pentecostal, and charismatic theology at St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City.
Beck Lecture Spring 2010
Dr. Henry F. Schaefer, III is the Graham-Purdue Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia.
Parkhurst Lecture Spring 2010
Beck Lecture Spring 2009
Dr. Alvin Plantinga is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Parkhurst Lecture Spring 2009 in conjunction with Builders in Ministry
Dr. Tony Jones is a popular, speaker, writer and blogger. He teaches for a variety of institutions on ecclesiology.
Smith-Wilson Lecture Fall 2008
The Reverend and Dr. Leslie Callahan is pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania. Previously she taught at New York Theological Seminary and the University of Pennyslvania.
Beck Lecture Spring 2008
Dr. Richard O. Randolph is the Assistant Professor and cCair for the department of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Smith-Wilson Lecture Fall 2007
Dr. Steven J. Keillor is adjunct assistant professor of history at Bethel University, St. Paul MN.